Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

The Hidden Science of Elevators

How powerful algorithms decide when that elevator car is finally going to come pick you up

The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (And How to Fix Them)

How do you know when to give up and when to stick with it?

How to Honor Your Parents as an Adult

How can adult children obey and honor their parents?

The Christian Struggle with Mental Illness

We have to defeat the shame because the reality is that many Christians struggle with mental illness.

5 Tips for Senior Leaders

From my experience and research, a senior leader has just five primary assignments

The Hidden Hours of Ministry: Preparation

Here are a few tips to help you carve out enough preparation time for the careful handling of God’s word.

How a Small, Country Congregation Became a Megachurch Overnight

This is the story of how a small, country church astounded the experts on church growth by becoming a megachurch overnight. Without even trying.

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

Risk or Rust

“Risk or rust,” wrote Jack Miller, one of my heroes of the faith. In his letters, he wrote:

Be daring. Take risks. God be with you.

At the time the Spirit of God sheds abroad the love of God in our hearts, we begin life as a new adventure but an adventure with dangers and risks.

Good advice from Sprin

Miller wasn’t advocating for foolish risk-taking, or being motivated by presumption rather than faith. He was concerned about our tendency to stop risking, and to prioritize fear over obedience. He didn’t coast in his own ministry, and his legacy continues.

Risk is part of the Christian life. Owen Strachan puts it well:

We’re saved to plunge headlong into a life of God-inspired, Christ-centered, gospel-driven risk. We don’t know when the Master is returning; we don’t know what may come of our efforts. We’re not guaranteed any earthly results.

But we are called to work while there is still time.

I’ve reached the age that people stop taking risks and begin to coast. I get it. I’m fighting that impulse. I hope you are too.

William Wilberforce worked for over four decades to abolish the slave trade. Opponents complained that he “jumped up whenever they knocked him down.” His friend, John Wesley, warned that he would be worn down “unless God has raised you up for this very thing.” He was slandered, and faced almost impossible odds. His wife struggled emotionally and physically. His son departed the faith, and his daughter died. Wilberforce’s own health suffered.

When, after decades of hardship, the abolition bill passed in 1807, Wilberforce said to his friend Henry Thornton, "Well, Henry, what shall we abolish next?"

Wilberforce pursued what was right, not what was easy. He paid the price. He was relentless in his risk-taking.

Risk. Dare. Pursue what will glorify God most, not what will make you most comfortable. Don’t be foolish or presumptuous, but default to taking the bold action. Risking is way better than rusting.

Discounts for Ministries

If you're part of a church or ministry, you understand the importance of managing resources wisely. There are many discounts available to help you stretch your money.

Here are a list of discounted or free resources for you to use.

Books

Christian Audio — One free book a month

Englewood Review of Books — Their "bargain" tag links to discounted Amazon Kindle books

Gospel eBooks — Updated with discounted and free Christian books on Amazon Kindle

Logos — One free book a month

Church Planting Resources

NewChurches.com — For churches in their first two years of operation, LifeWay has a variety of free offerings to help get a few of the foundational aspects of ministry in place

Graphics

The Good Story — Equipping missionaries and small ministries by supplying them with visual marketing pieces, training and on-field storytelling

LibreStock — Search the best 43 free stock photo websites in one place

Salty Life Designs — Custom church graphics at affordable prices

Online Services

Buffer — Schedule, publish, and analyze your social media, with 50% of for nonprofits

Evernote — Volume discount, and 50% off for non-profit organizations

Google Apps for Nonprofits — Google Apps, including $10,000/month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising

Mailchimp — 15% discount for non-profits

Salesforce Foundation — Donations of the powerful CRM software

Techsoup (Canada) — Donated software and technology resources for Canadian charities, nonprofits and libraries

Techsoup (United States) — Tech donations and discounts for your nonprofit or library

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

Sexual Struggles & The Great Commission

Is it possible to overstate the impact that pornography, sexual sin, and sexual addiction have on the work of Christ’s church on earth?

Preach the Word. Build the Church.

When it comes to preaching, we show what we believe about the Bible by how we use the Bible in the pulpit.

Preacher, Teacher, Sunday Entertainer?

You are boring. The Bible is not.

Five Questions Prospective Pastors Rarely Ask Search Committees (But Should)

These questions could be key toward avoiding some of the unpleasant surprises many pastors encounter.

The Most Important Part of The Creative Process That Everyone Misses: A Draw-Down Period

This is the most private and lonely of all the creative phases.

Working To Our Capacity Not Others’ Needs

If we plan according to other people’s needs, we will never satisfy everyone, we will never feel satisfied ourselves, and will eventually burn out.

When in Doubt, Don’t Quit

Buck the trend in our flighty society, and stay with it, for the long haul, in the strength God supplies.

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

God Met Me in My Discouragement

I battled discouragement on Tuesday. I don't get discouraged often, so when I do, it comes as a surprise. It colored everything. It was ugly.

Life can be hard. Ministry can be hard. Most days, I hold onto hope in the middle of difficulty, but occasionally I go under. I'm not alone. "There comes a time in most of our lives in which we no longer have the strength to lift ourselves out or to pretend ourselves strong," writes Zack Eswine. "Sometimes our minds want to break because life stomped on us and God didn’t stop it."

Or, as Scott Thomas has said, "Church planters live in a constant state of being either angry, depressed or delusional." I wasn't angry or delusional. That leaves one option.

I once tried to explain to Haddon Robinson, my preaching professor, that a certain kind of preaching can help preachers avoid discouragement. "There's no kind of preaching that can prevent discouragement," Haddon replied. "Discouragement is part of preaching." He's right, and it applies to more than preaching.

Tell me what you'd like about church planting and pastoral ministry, and I'll you: discouragement is part of life and ministry. You may avoid it most of the time, but sometimes you'll get discouraged.

I'm not discouraged now. As I look back, God helped me in three ways.

I journaled. I pulled out a notebook and began to untangle my anxieties. As long as they remained unnamed, they remained powerful. I quickly jotted down three or four items that were on my mind. I was able to identify actions that I could take for each item. I noticed and named. I prayed.

I spent time with others. I happened to be in a meeting on Tuesday. As the day progressed, I found myself feeling better. Discouragement feeds on isolation.

I reflected on the past and the future. During the meeting, we were given two assignments. One assignment asked us to look back on the past two years and reflect on what God had taught us. The other asked us to look ahead ten years, and describe our hopes for the churches we've planted. As I looked to the past and future, my mood brightened.

I didn't plan this. God met me in my discouragement, and gave me exactly what I needed.

You, too, will get discouraged. I pray that God will meet you. He's equal to your worst day. He is a gracious God who meets us in our discouragement, and gives us what we need.

 

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.